Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bill Holmes (1955-2015)

I heard the sad news last week – Bill Holmes from Hart Advisers died.  Bill and I knew each other for almost 20 years and while we were not close, we were friends.  Every time I saw Bill he had a smile on his face and an upbeat story to tell.  

I was referred to this wonderful obituary in the Hartford (CT) Courant. 


Williams Holmes, and those who knew him well will know this, was the quintessence of what a man should be.  He loved his family powerfully, he was tenacious and intelligent in his work and he selflessly supported his friends.  His boisterous laugh and big personality filled not just rooms he inhabited but entire buildings.  He was a patient man, and took challenges in stride.  He was generous.  He was kind.  He made me laugh, although sometimes he just made himself laugh.  

Bill was outstanding in his work and was dedicated to it.  He loved his dogs, of which there were many and he spoiled every one of them.  His wish would be that they inherit the master bedroom, although they likely consider it theirs anyway.  

Bill was an active man – running, swimming, biking, skiing – always outside and always challenging himself and those around him.  He was so sad to leave us but he need not fear for the well-being of his family and friends.  

The gift he gave us for so many years is still with us and part of that gift is strength.  That strength that he showed and that he shared with those around him is what will carry us though this and it is just one of a thousand parts of each of us that he has created and that he will continue to touch and in which he will continue to be with us throughout our lives. 

William Holmes was a deeply loving man.  He showed his love for his family with every action.  His wife, Candace, and his children, Alexander and Juliana, will miss him every day and every night, with every step and every sip and in every hearty laugh.  Donations should be directed to the William H. Holmes Memorial Scholarship through the ICSC Foundation (www.icscfoundation.org/donate).  Choose Undergraduate Scholarship Fund and add a tribute to Bill Holmes.

The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) conference this week will not feel the same without seeing Bill.  Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.  

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